The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) will from Monday, April 27 start the enforcement of mandatory wearing of nose mask as a COVID-19 prevention measure.
This is in line with an advice from President Akufo-Addo encouraging the public to wear nose masks.
In line with the advice, the Greater Accra Regional Co-ordinating Council also came out with measures including mandatory nose mask wearing by the public in the Region as it has the highest people infected with COVID-19.
Mr Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive announcing this on Saturday said the intended enforcement by his outfit would be done under the Public Health Law Act 851, section 14.
He said this when Sentuo Steel Limited a subsidiary of Sentuo Group presented 10,000 disposable nose masks to the Assembly when the TMA launched its “Operation wear your nose mask in the harbour city”.
He said to ensure that people had no excuse not to wear their nose masks, the Assembly had procured over 20,000 branded washable nose masks to be distributed to the vulnerable in the area.
“Wearing of nose mask is going to be mandatory and we are going to enforce it, but we know that there are a lot of pockets of vulnerable people who cannot afford, so we as an Assembly has taken it upon ourselves to go round and distribute it for free so that when we are enforcing no one can say they can’t buy kit that’s why they don’t use it”.
He indicated that they would start the enforcement with the sharing of the nose masks after which those who refused to wear would be sanctioned by the Police to ensure full compliance.
He commended Sentuo Steel for responding to their plea saying they would use the disposable mask as a backup to give to people on the street who might have left their masks at home to ensure everyone in the public was protected.
Mr Emmanuel Ayensu, Consultant for Sentuo Group on his part indicated his outfit found it prudent to support the nose mask wearing measures especially after the lifting of partial lockdown.
Mr Ayensu added that it was their hope that the public would wear the masks saying that implementation of the various protocols meant effectively driving away the virus from the country.